Indiana Game Notes vs. Northwestern
Oct. 25, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana's victory over No. 24 Northwestern was the first win for IU vs. a ranked opponent since topping No. 13 Iowa on Oct. 14, 2006. Indiana is now 42-48-6 on Homecoming, including an 8-7 mark against the Wildcats on Homecoming.
When wide receiver Mitchell Evans threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Tandon Doss on a reverse, it marked the first career touchdown pass and catch, respectively, for the two players. Evans became the third Hoosier with a TD pass this season, and his toss marked the first TD throw by a receiver since Sept. 26, 1998, vs. Cincinnati, when O.J. Conner hit Antwaan Randle El for a 51-yard score.
Tandon Doss had a career-high eight receptions and 107 yards receiving in the game, in what was just the fourth career game for the true freshman. Fellow true freshman Damarlo Belcher also set career highs with six catches for 82 yards. Doss became the first Hoosier true freshman to go over 100 yards since Conner had 140 yards on six catches against Ball State on Sept. 13, 1997.
Ben Chappell's 43-yard touchdown pass to Belcher was the second of the season for both players. It was the longest TD reception of Belcher's career and the second 40-plus yard TD pass of Chappell's career. Chappell added his second career TD run with 22 seconds remaining in the first half on a 3-yard run and recorded his first career win as a starter.
Chappell set career highs with 21 completions, 34 attempts and 219 yards in the game. The sophomore did not throw an interception in the game and the Hoosiers did not lose a fumble, as Indiana went without a turnover for the first time this season and did so for the first time since the Insight Bowl in 2007.
Austin Thomas had two interceptions in the game, the second and third of the junior's career. He became the first Hoosier to pick off two passes in a game since Tracy Porter had a pair of interceptions last year at Northwestern. All three of Thomas' career picks have come off C.J. Bachér, as he made one against NU in 2007 as well. Thomas added 10 tackles in the game, his second consecutive contest with 10-plus tackles and the seventh of his career.
Bryan Payton posted his first career forced fumble in the first quarter, stripping the ball from Stephen Simmons on a kickoff return. Brandon Mosley recovered the ball, his first career fumble recovery. Matt Mayberry added his second fumble recovery of the season in the second quarter.
Indiana had a season-high five takeaways in the game, the first time the Hoosiers have taken the ball away five times since last year against Western Michigan. IU finished plus-five in the turnover battle for the first time since having seven takeaways to two turnovers on Sept. 11, 2004, at Oregon.
Chris Hagerup recorded his first career rush, scampering for 17 yards after a high snap on a punt attempt, converting a crucial first down on IU's second drive. Hagerup had six punts in the game and averaged 42.2 yards per kick, placing two balls inside the 20. For the year, Hagerup is now averaging 43.1 yards per kick and has averaged over 40 yards a boot in five of the last six games. Today's game marked the first time he has not recorded a 50-yard punt in a contest this year.
Jammie Kirlew recorded nine solo tackles, three for loss and one sack in the victory. Kirlew has recorded sacks in each of the last four games and a tackle for loss in each of the last five. The junior leads the team with 47 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks on the year. Deonte Mack had his second sack of the season and the second of his career in the win as well.
Fifth-year senior Marcus Thigpen finished the contest with 154 all-purpose yards (134 kick return, 20 rushing). He moved into third place on the school's career all-purpose yardage list with 4,220.
Offensive linemen Justin Pagán and Mike Reiter each made their first career starts for the Hoosiers in the game. Pagán started at left guard - his third different position in his three career games - while Reiter started at right guard.
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